Twitch will ban gambling sites, the end of laissez-faire?

Their pressure finally paid off. In recent days, renowned Twitch streamers such as Pokimane, DevinNash, and Mizkif have been asking the livestreaming platform to ban gambling. Otherwise, they promised to boycott the service.

Twitch ended up proving them right and just announced a ban on gambling sites that aren’t licensed in the United States or ” other jurisdictions that provide sufficient consumer protection “. This decision will take effect from October 18. Note that this does not apply to sites specializing in poker or sports betting.

Will this decision by Twitch be enough?

In a press release, the platform owned by Amazon explained:

Gambling content on Twitch has been a big topic of discussion in the community, and something we’ve been actively reviewing since our last policy update in this area.

And the service to add: Although we prohibit the sharing of links or referral codes to any sites featuring slots, roulette or dice games, we have seen some people circumvent these rules and expose our community to potential harm. »

It is interesting to recall that this progress was made following a recent controversy. ItsSliker, a streamer with over 430,000 subscribers, has confessed to extracting hundreds of thousands of dollars from other creators to fund his sports betting. What arouse indignation among many of them.

They had also developed a real plan of attack and planned to boycott Twitch during the holiday periods, when advertising revenue is the most important. The service did not give them the opportunity and decided to act upstream.

It remains to be seen whether these measures will be sufficient, and whether the platform will not have to tackle even more in depth certain practices which install problematic betting habits among a certain public, and in particular minors.


By: Twitch Interactive, Inc.

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